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Regional Development Minister presents new student bursary awards

5 October, 2009


Sinn Féin Minister Conor Murphy today presented bursary awards to ten university students at an inaugural awards ceremony held at the Department for Regional Development.

The students from both Queen’s University Belfast and University of Ulster received their Ministerial Bursary Awards, which aim to assist them with their studies in the fields of engineering and transport.

Speaking about the new bursary awards scheme introduced by the Minister said: “It is of huge importance that we take measures to help encourage our young people, right across the North, and provide opportunities for them to develop the necessary skills so that they can play a full and meaningful role in improving our society. This bursary award scheme is about investing in tomorrow’s leaders today in the disciplines of engineering and transportation.

“My department is bringing forward many projects in key infrastructure sectors, which will support a successful modern economy.

“Skills are essential to ensure that these projects are delivered efficiently and, in the most sustainable ways, taking advantage of the most modern technologies and techniques. I have no doubt that investing in these transport and engineering students and facilitating them to take forward their individual research projects will be worthwhile.”

As part of the bursary awards application the students were asked to provide the Department with copies of their final reports.

The Minister concluded saying: “I applaud all of the students, our young emerging leaders, who took the time to apply for the bursaries. The applications were of a high standard and we had some difficult choices to make to come up with the final list of successful candidates. I offer my congratulations to all the students selected on their well-deserved success.”

Notes to editors:

1. The application process for the Minister’s Bursary commenced in June 2009, with a closing date of 17 July 2009.

2. A bursary of £1,000 was awarded to each student.

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